Tour Of British Columbia, Yukon And Rocky Mountains
Approximately 4800 km
Vancouver downtown hotel to Stanley Park, 5 km: Enjoy the viewing of First Nation Totem poles, or take your children to the miniature train, you may spot raccoons or even the odd skunk. Head to Capilano Suspension Bridge, brace yourself, it’s not for the faint of heart, 450 ft (137m) long and 230 ft (70m) high. If you like the Suspension Bridge, you’ll love the exhilaration of the Greenheart Canopy Walkway in UBC. It’s a 308 meter 1010 feet aerial trail system. If you love birds, take our bird caller and you may have a chance to call down a few dozen birds. Take your pick, Museum of Anthropology is just around the corner from Canopy walk, or spend some time at Queen Elizabeth Park, the enclosed tropical garden has 500 exotic plants and flowers, plus a hundred free flying tropical birds. There’s the Vancouver Aquarium, or Dr Sun Yet-Sen Garden a 15th century Chinese garden. Don’t forget Granville Island Market, you can take a mini ferry across from Burrard Inlet. Do you like shopping, visit our largest mall in British Columbia, Metropolis at Metrotown. For bird lovers take a trip into Delta to visit the George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Vancouver to Squamish
From Vancouver to Squamish, 68 km: On the way stop at Britannia Mine Museum, a “Historical destination, it was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire.” Visit Shannon Falls 335 meters drop above it’s base, it’s the 3 tallest falls in British Columbia. You can climb the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, the Chief towers above Squamish 2000 feet a granite monolith or stop at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, home of the Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive. At Brackendale, you can see Eagles between late November and March. Smoke Bluffs Park is a wonderful place to try your hand at rock climbing. Try some whitewater rafting.
Squamish to Whistler
Squamish to Whistler, 58 km: You can ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola that will take you 436m or 1430 feet up in the air, spectacular views or visit the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre, watch local artists do there thing and try some traditional food. Whistler is a popular skiing destination. Summertime brings downhill biking, beautiful alpine meadows, and beautiful walking trails.
Whistler to Pemberton
Whistler to Pemberton, 32 km: A city rich in First Nations History. A place where you can go mountain biking, go on an eco tour, or jet boating, or fishing, golfing or horseback riding. Visit Naim Falls Provincial Park for a picnic or some swimming or visit the stunning turquoise blue lakes of Joffre lakes Provincial Park. Do you feel like a tasting tour, visit Pemberton Distillery.
Pemberton to Lillooet
Pemberton to Lillooet, 99 km: A place for gold panning, rock hounding or view a stock car race. You can take the Kaoham shuttle, and go on a most gorgeous ride along the shores of Seton Lake that will have the sharpest curve and the longest tunnel. You may be able to see California big horn sheep, bears or raptor birds (call 250-259-8300 for ride info). You can take a guided tour of a replica Sheeshikan (Pit House), with Xwisten Experience Tours or visit an archeological site. If you are in town on July 20-22 catch the Lilloet Apricot Tsaqwen Festival, food, live music, a show and shine car show and good times. Blackcomb Aviation for sight seeing or heli fishing. Take the Jade walk, 30 different displays of Jade in various cuts.
Lillooet to Clinton
Lillooet to Clinton, 106 km: Clinton offers super hiking possibilities. Explore geological wonders called Chasms, deep clefts in the earth surface. You’ll see an awesome display of pink and orange rock at Painted Chasm in Chasm Provincial Park or check out Cougar Point Hoodoos (spires of sedimentary rocks). You can try your hand working at a guest ranch. Big Bar Guest Ranch has hiking, gold panning, canoeing, hay rides and fishing to enjoy. Or visit some local heritage sites. A wonderful place to check out is Vallance Pottery. If you are into history, check out Clinton Museum or The Palace Hotel.
Clinton to 100 Mile House
Clinton to 100 Mile House, 72 km: At Spring Lake Ranch you can go horseback riding, go pedal boating, swimming, become a true cowboy or book a 4 hour Trail Ride, stop for a cowboy lunch or take a night in a log cabin. You can do all the horseback riding you want, great canoeing, fishing or golf. Right in town take a picture of Bridge Creek Falls. If you like fishing Sheridan Lake has wonderful large trout to catch. Take a Forestry Tour; The Dry Belt Forestry Tour or The 99 Mile Demonstration Forest.
100 Mile House to Williams Lake
100 Mile House to Williams Lake, 92 km: If you are here in July you can catch the Williams Lake Stampede, see some bull riding. Visit the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin. Visit Scout Island, “a nature sanctuary made up of two islands that is connected by a vehicle causeway.” There is a series of trails, a great place to picnic or take in a swim If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of a fox, beaver, turtle or deer. There also are around 200 bird species in this sanctuary, make sure you have binoculars. Great golfing at Coyote Rock Golf course, you’ll see wonderful views of Williams Lake. You can take a boat tour with Caribou Chilcotin JetBoat Adventures. Visit the Xat’sull Heritage Village for an Aboriginal experience. If you are in Williams Lake on July 1 long weekend, catch the Annual Williams Lake Stampede, it’s action packed fun with a rodeo. You can go hiking or biking at Jimmy Fox Trail or Des Sous Mountain Trail.
Williams Lake to Quesnel
Williams Lake to Quesnel, 119 km: Go on an Aerial tour of the Bowron Lake chain and the hanging glaciers, you’ll see sharp edge mountain peaks, waterfalls and wildlife. If you want to stay on the ground, visit Pinnacles Provincial Park, you’ll find more Hoodoos, 12 million year old Hoodoos. There’s great fishing, canoeing and hiking at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park. If you are here in July 18-21, plan to catch the Billy Baker days annual Festival, all about the 1860 Gold rush, you’ll see period costumes, music, rodeo, fun, food and fireworks.
Quesnel to Prince George
Quesnel to Prince George, 121 km: You can visit the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum. There’s lots to see, a locomotive, fire engines, rail cars, the kids can even ride the cottonwood miniature train. Or you can play a game of croquet, badminton, or bocce ball at the Huble Homestead, a historic site, lots to see, the General Store, First Nations Camp, Huble House. Prince George is a great place to stock up on supplies for your trip. East of the city on Hwy 26 visit the historic town of Barkerville, a restored boomtown of the gold rush day. Visit Vanier Hall theatre and Studio 2880 home to six craft guilds and is the site of craft markets.
Prince George to Vanderhoof
Prince George to Vanderhoof, 96 km: “Big River Country, with numerous waterfalls and viewpoints.” A great place to bird watch, go for a hike, go rock climbing, or go on a Kayaking tour. There’s Greer Creek Falls Hiking trail, 1.5 hours round trip rewarded with an 8 meter waterfall. Visit the Kenney Dam, “once the largest rock filled dam in the world” There are many areas to go searching for Opal, Agates, Fossils, and semi precious stones. In the winter go ice fishing, in the summer fishing or swimming or hiking. If you like golfing Omineca Golf course can set you up. Or you can go bird watching at Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Take an Awesome tour at and L & M Lumber Pellet Mill. The tour is open to everyone, just call ahead (250-567-4701).
Vanderhoof to Smithers
Vanderhoof to Burns Lake, 133 km: if you are a fish enthusiast, François Lake is the place to be, good fishing but be careful you may spot bear or moose. You can visit Burns Lake Museum, they have an old Forestry home built in 1919. Now onto Houston “called Steelhead capital of Canada”, check out the cities Murals, or the Largest Fly Rod, or do some fishing and try to catch your own Steelhead at the Morice and Bulkley Rivers. Off to Smithers. “Smithers is known to be little Switzerland” for its alpine themed town. Browse some unique stores, where you can find Indian prayer bowls or hemp underwear. Within minutes of the town you can find fossil beds and cultural sites. Just visit the Smithers visitor center for all info. Hudson Bay Mountain has year round skiing, mountain climbing, fishing, and trail riding.
Smithers to Cranberry Junction
From Smithers to the Hazeltons, 72 km: A showplace of Indian Culture, First Nations culture, view the high concentration of Totem poles in the 64 km radius forest land. Or visit K’san Museum and Historical Village. You’ll take some beautiful pictures on the one lane Hagwilget Bridge over the Canyon, over the Buckley River. Now off to Kitwanga where totem poles are more than a century old. The “Battle Hill” National Historic Site is nearby. Kitwanga to Cranberry Junction is a beautiful drive.
Cranberry Junction to Meziadin Junction
From Cranberry Junction to Meziadin Junction, 81 km: From here a side road leads west to Stewart, BC and Hyder, Alaska where the tradition is to get “hyderized” by drinking a shot of 150 proof Everclear Grain Alcohol. The drive takes about one hour and has close up views of glaciers, icefalls and you’ll see the toe of Bear Glacier. You can visit the Stewart Historical Museum. Stewart hiking is for everyone, easy routes and challenging, the views are absolutely wonderful. From Stewart/Hyder drive to Meziadin Junction.
Meziadin to Dease Lake
From Meziadin Junction to Iskut, 248 km: Visit Iskut Red Goat Lodge, it has a lakeside RV park, they rent canoes and kayaks. If you are looking for some rafting tours, Nature Trek will give you a rafting experience. Off to Dease Lake. Watch for animals, there should be at least a couple. Bird enthusiasts will be very happy.
Dease Lake to Watson Lake
From Dease Lake to Watson Lake, 257 km: Today you can enjoy a lunch at the Watson lake Hotel. Visit the well known Signpost Forest started in 1942 and up to date has approximately 75,000 signs. Or visit the Historic Air Force Lodge, or the Watson Lake Northern Lights Center to see such beautiful pictures of the Northern Lights taken during the summer months.
Watson Lake to Liard River
Watson Lake to Liard River, 208 km: Liard River is known to be a tropical valley, with hot springs that reach temperatures from 42 – 52C. “The Liard River Hotsprings are the second largest in Canada.” You can stop on the way at Smith River Falls, reachable by vehicle and a short walk for viewing. There is also a large suspension bridge going over the Liard River.
Liard River to Fort Nelson
They say you’ll know when you reach Muncho Lake, because of its jade, green blue colour, 64 km from Liard River. The sights you’ll see will be so superb, watch for Stone sheep, moose and brilliant wildflowers. On the south side of the park, “you can see geological formations from the tectonic deformations that have been folded into the limestone.” From Muncho Lake drive to Fort Nelson.
Fort Nelson is a haven for artists of all walks. If you need a present for your family, you just might find one here. Also if you like architecture than take a self guided walking tour, you’ll find many Victorian Homes and Ornate Commercial buildings. If you love hot springs, take a detour to Ainsworth Hot Springs a truly unique hot spring with a horseshoe cave that branches out, you’ll see stalactites all over the cave and really enjoy the warm mineral water that comes from the cave walls.
Fort Nelson to Fort St. John
Off to Fort St. John, 380 km: This city is for the wilderness hunter, for the fisher, for the hiker. Go on an Eco Tour or if golf is more your style, there are more than a few golf courses to choose from. Or after a four hour drive visit some of the unique shops Fort St. John holds to explore. You can visit Rocky Mountain House National Historic site, one of the oldest settlements, established in 1794.
Fort St. John to Grand Prairie
Fort St. John to Dawson Creek, 74 km: Spend some time today visiting the NAR Railway Park, which has the true Mile ‘0’ of Alaska Highway. Close by is the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, and also the Dawson Creek Station Museum, which has all sorts of railway memorabilia. Bird watchers visit the McQueen slough for great opportunities to see migrating waterfowl. Off to Grande Praire, 131 km. Ladies there is great shopping here, over a dozen unique stores to check out. If you are in the area May 29 till June 2, catch the Grande Praire Stampede, watch the chuck wagon competitions and rodeo, while you have some good barbeque food and get a chance to hear some country music. There’s the Grande Praire Museum to check out at Muskoseepi Park where you can walk some of the 18 km of walking trails.
Grande Praire to Grande Cache
From Grande Praire to Grande Cache, 190 km: Visit Sulphur Gates, You’ll enjoy this short walk that takes you through the cliffs for really great viewpoints. A most unique experience is going to search for Dinosaur tracks which are said to be in numerous areas around Grande Cache. Visit Eaton Falls or Twin Falls you’ll be treated to some beautiful scenery and maybe view some wildlife.
Grand Cache to Jasper
Off to Jasper, 210 km: You’ll be busy here - you have many choices, Jasper Yellowhead Museum, a Historical Gallery that features many unique artifacts that you’ll find interesting. There’s the Jasper Tramway that gives you a breathtaking 360 view of the wonderful landscape around or explore Mount Edith Cavell where in a short walk you can view Angel Glacier. Visit Maligne Canyon for walking trails that will take you through Limestone canyons. See some spectacularly beautiful waterfalls at Athabasca Falls. The falls are not very high but the power behind them can be astounding. A popular spot for hiking is found at Pyramid and Patricia Lakes rental facilities have horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, fishing and wind surfing.
Jasper to Lake Louise
From Jasper to Lake Louise, 236 km: Take the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, (Gondola runs June-September) you’ll have a good chance to see some grizzlies. Visit one of the numerous spectacularly beautiful lakes in the area; Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake or Lake Agnes. If you are up to a challenge visit Plain of the six Glaciers, a 11 km walk where you’ll be rewarded not only with the most scenic views but with a teahouse at the top as well. If you are here in the fall/winter go on a Dog Sled Tour, it’s a trip you will never forget. You can also visit the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Lake Louise to Golden
From Lake Louise to Golden, 86 km: “Golden is situated in the heart of six national parks” There is plenty for everyone, bird watching in the wetlands, paragliding, hiking, white water rafting on the Kicking Horse River. Explore the town and take the perimeter trail. Hop on the Gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and you can eat at the highest restaurant in Canada or hop on a mountain bike and take a spin on one of the Moonraker Trails, or if you want to drive an hour and a bit more there’s Radium and Fairmount Hotsprings There’s an award winning Golf course if you want to take in a game.
Golden to Revelstoke
Golden to Revelstoke, 149 km: Visit Mount Revelstoke, you can drive right to the top for beautiful scenery. Or take short hiking trails for more spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing. Begbie Falls is wonderful, it’s a short trail from the parking lot, and if it’s hot - you’ll love the mist coming off it. If you have children or are a child at heart, take a trip through Enchanted Forest (7060 Trans Canada Hwy). In Revelstoke you can get in a game of golf, or go whitewater rafting, do some fishing, hiking or paragliding. Visit Rogers Pass National Historic Site or Revelstoke Railway Museum.
Golden to Vernon
On to “Sicamous, Houseboat capital of Canada”, 72 km: Go for a cruise on Lake Mara or Lake Shushwap. Try your hand at zip lining, or go for a ride on a Seadoo, or take a kayak out for a paddle. Adams River is a spawning ground for almost 10 million salmon. Now to Vernon, 74 km. You can visit Allan Brooks Nature Center, a great place to bird watch or hop on the Spirit of the Okanagan’s 42ft cruise boat for sightseeing on Okanogan Lake. Go for a visit to Poison Park which has a large floral clock (installed in 1958) made up of approximately 3500 plants. There’s also a Japanese garden and a Chinese tea house. If you feel like going to a drive in movie, check out Starlight Drive in 22 minutes north of Vernon. You can take guided horseback riding trail rides at Silver Star or popular are the eco tours by Silver Star mountain resort. Hiking in Vernon, you may find yourself discovering an abandoned homesteader’s cabin.
Kelowna, 99 km: Take in a wine sampling or visit local restaurants for fine dining. This is a city full of orchards and vineyards, a center of fruit, vegetables, and vineyards. You’ll be lucky if you are here when the fruits ripe or equally as lucky going for a wine tasting at the impressive Mission Hill Vineyard. Westbank is around the corner at 13 km where you can play a game of 18 hole golf, or take a visit to Bear Creek Park for a day hike. If you have children with you, Westside Go Karts will be a blast, or try the Mariners Reef water slide park.
Kelowna to Merrit
Off to Merrit, 127 km: “The country music capital of Canada.” It’s said to have the best fly fishing in the world.” Here is a place to go horseback riding, or try your hand at being a cowboy on a ranch for a couple days.
Merrit to Chilliwack
Then head to Hope, 120 km: Don’t miss the chainsaw carvings or visit some Aboriginal galleries such as Muskwa Gallery or Ruby Creek. At certain times of the year, you can swim in an alpine lake or go whitewater rafting. There’s a nice trail at Coquilhalla Canyon walk “the historic Hope Nicola Cattle Trail and Othello Tunnels were cut through granite for past railway access.”
Chilliwack to Delta
Chilliwack to Abbotsford, 33 km: Visit Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery and Trethewey House on Mill Lake heritage site. Then off to Fraserway 747 Cliveden Place, Delta.